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article imageChatting with electronic star Darude: '2017 Winter Tour' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 21, 2017 in Music
Finnish DJ and electronic producer Darude chatted with Digital Journal about his 2017 winter tour, and his other proud moments.
On the second leg of his "2017 Winter Tour," he said, "Well, we thought we had a nice tour put together in the beginning of the year, but when we released the first bunch of dates there was a huge rush of new date inquiries, which we’re happily trying to fit in my schedule, but I've gotta leave some time for my family and production as well! I'm very happy with all the new and previously visited places I get to play in March and April. I'm excited to play wherever I'm wanted!"
He will be playing in Finland and Norway in addition to the United States, which is quite exciting for Darude. "Finland is my home country, so I'm always happy to play here, often seeing friends and family and long time fans, too. I haven't played in Norway in some years now, so it'll be great to be back," he said.
Darude played in front of 130,000 people during his New Year's Eve set in Helsinki. "That was rather cool! The mass of people was pretty damn big, of course, but also having the honour of starting the year of 100 years of Finnish independence celebrations with my track, that was beyond monumental for me, such a proud moment," he said.
Aside from his accomplishments in the electronic music scene, he is proud of the birth of his son, which took place on June 23, 2009.
His plans for the rest of the year include a great deal of touring, as well as several releases. "I'm very excited about 2017," he said. Darude still lists Madonna and Beyonce as his dream female collaboration choices in music. "Both ladies are still some of the biggest and best in what they do, on top of the popular music world, so absolutely," he exclaimed.
On the future of electronic music, he said, "I have no clue and I don't want to pretend I do. Music is art and as the industry is cyclical, things often loop back in some form or another, so something will be bigger, something less big, then in a few years some mutation and evolving happens and it comes back to surface again. Dance music will still be huge in five years."
Darude defined the word success as "connecting with people at gigs and sharing an experience." "Freedom to keep doing what I love to do. It obviously has to do with money as well, but not directly dollar amounts, but having enough to not have to worry so much that it stifles my creativity," he said.
For his fans, Darude concluded, "Come see me live, come slap a high five or shake my hand, come sweat with me on the dance floor!"
To learn more about Finnish DJ star Darude, check out his official Facebook page.
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